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a bit of a let down,
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This review is from: Spider's Web (Agatha Christie Collection) (Paperback)
Having greatly enjoyed the production of 'Spider's Web' that recently toured, I was a bit disappointed by this novelisation. I feel that Charles Osborne should have opened up the play, and explored the characters more fully. I found the mix of dialogue with sparse stage directions translated into prose a real trial to read. Descriptive prose allows a story to breathe; it creates atmosphere, and there was almost none of that here. I had to rely on my own memories of the stage production to flesh out the whole affair.
The story itself is typical Christie countryhouse fare. I was a bit surprised that it was written so late (1954) since it seems to have more in common with the adventurous romps and derring-do of her 1920s novels, than with the darker stories (such as Hickory Dickory Dock) that she was writing at that time.
Nevertheless this will be of great interest to Christie 'completists'. Any chance of a novelisation of 'Akhnaton', anyone?
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Initial post: 13 Jul 2013 21:15:21 BDT
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Mrs W Waugh says:
I agree,I would rather re-read Christies books than someone trying to imitate her,It might work for some but I prefer the real thing......
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